A beginner’s guide to skiing (and apres-ski) in the ACT

Posted 24 May 2019

Story by Visit Canberra

Winter is just around the corner, which means snow and ski holidays await.

This could trigger one of two reactions: absolute jealousy or sheer dread. If you fall into the latter camp, we’re here to reassure you that all is fine in the alpines.

Simply follow our steps for getting to know the snow in Canberra, and you’ll be feeling ready to ‘send it’ down the mountain in no time.

Make it easy for yourself

Coming from afar? Make a pit stop in Canberra to get yourself fully rested for big days on the slopes. Relax at one of Canberra’s accommodation options before taking the comfortable two-hour drive from Canberra’s CBD, New South Wales’ snow playgrounds including Thredbo and Perisher.

Practice, practice, practice

If your ski form gets an icy reception, Canberra is well-equipped to enable you to learn from the best. Head to Vertikal Indoor Snow Sports where a trained instructor can help build your confidence no matter if you’re a first time or wanting to master your technique. With one-off, three pack and membership options available, they’ll tailor your session to your needs.

Test run

By this point, you’ve got all the basics down pat. Gain your snow-legs by heading to Canberra’s alpine adventure base, Corin Forest. Just a 45-minute drive from the city centre, rug up and get set for beginner skiing or boarding, with lessons from trained instructors available. Join snow play for tobogganing, snowmen and snowball fights. Afterwards, warm up with a hot chocolate and roast marshmallows by the roaring open fire in the lodge.

Join a tour

Let someone else take the hassle out of organising the logistics of transport and hire by joining a tour. The team at Snowy Mountains have a great list of those running tours from Canberra, get in touch to discuss your needs.

An alternative

Is the skiing/snowboarding thing just not doing it for you? You might still find solace in engaging in one of those time-honoured traditions associated with the snow: après ski. We’re pleased to report Canberra is well equipped to wholeheartedly support your training in this matter with multiple drinking establishments allowing you to hone your skills in the alcoholic beverage department.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg of winter adventures you can make in Canberra.

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